|Groundhog (photo through binoculars), Arcadia, Northampton, MA, May 16, 2013|
Although the radar showed some major movement last night my brief walk this morning didn’t turn up any new species at Arcadia. There may have been an influx but without any weather to concentrate the birds they were likely spread out across the landscape. Also many species of migrants have already arrived so recognizing any individuals as new arrivals becomes difficult. I had hoped for some shorebirds on the flats at Hurburts Pond but the water level was just a bit too high. Even though there was not a big influx it was still interesting to see about 60 species in about an hour and a half. The day turned out to be a warm one with temperatures reaching the low 80’s with a fairly strong wind out of the southwest. Perhaps the winds will bring in more southern birds today or tomorrow?